A charming little song with a nice lyrical twist at the end as an old sailor looks looks back on his life at sea.
A ‘ninety-eight’ was a second rate ship of the line which had 98 guns over three decks (a first rate could have up to 120 guns). A ship that big was like a floating town so you can understand his trepidation on first setting foot on board!
Lyrics: from memory
Download: 25 On board a ninety eight